Louis Tomlinson, Bigger Than Me: the lyrics & meaning

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Bigger Than Me is the lead single of Louis Tomlinson’s new album, Faith In the Future, out on November 11, 2022. The song is an essential milestone of the singer’s career and shares the artist’s heartfelt thoughts on the path that led him to take a break from One Direction and build a solo career. People are curious to know more about the lyrics and their meaning: this article will provide all answers, and you will also find the complete lyrics at the end.

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You can find the official video of the song below.

Louis Tomlinson - Bigger Than Me (Official Video)
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Bigger Than Me: inside the lyrics and their meaning

Bigger Than Me is a song about how we change while growing up, as life brings new challenges. The primary reference is Louis Tomlinson’s position as an artist after his massive success in recent years. That’s how he commented on the song:

“I’ve always strived to be a very normal, humble person in this life, but there’s a line to that and a responsibility that comes from being in this position. I realized from doing those live shows what it means to my fans and how everything I do is bigger than me.”

“It’s almost a coming of age for myself and putting opinions about myself to the back of my mind and thinking about what it potentially means for other people.”

According to the song’s lyrics, Tomlinson realized how important it is what he’s doing as a musician and what he’s offering to his fans. Although he always wanted to stay humble, what you do sometimes becomes a responsibility, and you are forced to change how you deal with it. The song’s first lines describe how he realized this change was needed.

When somebody told me I would change
I used to hide behind a smile
When somebody told me I would change
I was afraid, I don’t know why
‘Cause so does the world outside, I realised

The world predicted already that, at some point, he wouldn’t be able to stay humble any longer. He was embarrassed to hear this, as he didn’t want to become a different person. But then he realized that he was doing something huge with his music. Something more significant than what a single person can represent.

And it’s bigger than me
It’s bigger than me
I’ve woken up from my sleep
It’s bigger than me

That’s why he changed. Because when you see the effect you have on people, you need to take it under your responsibility and treat it with the proper awareness. In this process, you start thinking bigger, which could change how people see you. A part of the author might feel guilty for this change, but he knows that there was no alternative:

So come on, call me “liar”
Yeah, you’re so quick to judge
‘Cause, yeah, I mighta changed
But everybody does

That’s, therefore, the real meaning of the lyrics behind Bigger Than Me: I realized that what I’m doing for people is highly relevant, and I need to address how I deal with it adequately. It means that I have to change my attitude towards it, although I never wanted it. But don’t call me a liar: it’s a necessary change, and I take responsibility for what I am now.

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The complete lyrics

When somebody told me I would change
I used to hide behind a smile
When somebody told me I would change
I was afraid, I don’t know why
‘Cause so does the world outside, I realised

I didn’t read the signs
Walkin’ different lines
I know I took a left
Tryna make it right

All of these voices, all of these choices
I don’t hear them anymore
Hear them anymore

When somebody told me I would change
I used to hidе behind a smile
When somеbody told me I would change
I was afraid, I don’t know why
‘Cause so does the world outside, I realised

And it’s bigger than me
It’s bigger than me
I’ve woken up from my sleep
It’s bigger than me
It’s bigger than me

So come on, call me “liar”
Yeah, you’re so quick to judge
‘Cause, yeah, I mighta changed
But everybody does

All of those voices, all of those choices
I don’t hear them anymore
Hear them anymore

When somebody told me I would change
I used to hide behind a smile
When somebody told me I would change
I was afraid, I don’t know why
‘Cause so does the world outside, I realised

And it’s bigger than me
It’s bigger than me
I’ve woken up from my sleep
It’s bigger than me
It’s bigger than me

Do you ever ask why? It’s not black and white
How you sleep at night when you’re just like me?
Ooh, ’cause I feel alive
Now I realise that the world outside

Is bigger than me
It’s bigger than me
I’ve woken up from my sleep
It’s bigger than me
It’s bigger than me